I agree. Arai, Shoei, Schuberth build quality products with good features and fit, quality materials. Unfortunately, their higher prices create an umbrella under which other manufacturers raise their prices to near premium levels, creating an illusion of quality that may not be justified. Testing seems to indicate that many inexpensive helmets will protect you quite well, but what good if it hurts your head or falls apart in your closet? Since I have fallen off too many times I tend to spend a lot and get what seems to be well made gear, and that makes me feel good. Others may choose a different route.